Entrepreneur and successful businesswoman Susan McGalla says the problem with more women not getting chances in the boardroom is more about lack of sponsorship than credentials.
McGalla, one of the most successful businesswomen ever, advises corporations to hire more women. “There is proof that companies that have a more gender-diverse environment are 15% more successful.
McGalla says her upbringing had a lot to do with her success in the boardroom. Born into a family with two older brothers and a father, who was a coach taught her a great deal about work ethic. She was always told that she would have to work hard to be successful. She used what she learned from home to cultivate relationships with all people.
After graduating from Union College, she worked for Joseph Horne Co. as in management and marketing. Her greatest opportunity came about when she was hired by American Eagle Outfitters. She worked in various positions before landing the CEO job.
While the board room was predominately male, McGalla did a great job helping the company reach record sales.
After her work was done at American Eagle Outfitters she moved on to Wet Seal. It was during this time when she had an epiphany to strike out on her own.
McGalla says pursuing other opportunities is not out of the question. Right now she is happy doing what she enjoys. She says women who want to find lasting success in business should follow her path.
She says you have to know your worth. Be prepared to work hard and be willing to help other women.